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What It’s Like to Live in Wailuku

October 13, 2015, 11:46 AM HST
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Located in Central Maui, nestled at the base of the Central West Maui Mountains, Wailuku is a charming town full of historical sites, business and commerce.

Wailuku’s downtown area is also home to the Maui County’s seat of government.

Both new and historical homes can be found for sale in Wailuku.

Wailuku is one of the few areas on Maui where you can still find plantation-style homes, so it’s a great area for homebuyers looking to restore a historical Maui home.

In addition, there are many properties available in newer developments in the Maui Lani neighborhood, fantastic real estate opportunities in Wailuku Heights and sweet oceanfront properties near Waiehu Beach Road.

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Wailuku residents are centrally located in relative to all parts of the island. Wailuku is conveniently located near many unique small businesses, including restaurants, boutiques, art galleries and coffee shops.


In and around Wailuku Town, you can also find a wonderful selection of Maui’s “mom & pop” restaurants, such as Stillwell’s Bakery & Cafe, Tasty Crust, Sam Sato’s, Miyako Sushi and the Millyard Hamb & Steak House.

Wailuku’s Main Street is home to a variety of historical storefronts full of new and legendary small businesses.

The bulk of Maui’s pawn shops are located in Wailuku Town, as well as boutiques, gift shops, yoga studios, cafe’s and juice bars, an awesome music store, restaurants and art galleries.


Every first Friday, residents and visitors congregate in and around Main Street in Wailuku for First Friday Wailuku festivities, including live music and performances, food vendors, keiki activities, a beer and wine garden, and shopping discounts.

Schools Near Wailuku & Central Maui

Wailuku Hongwanji Mission Day Care
Wailuku Union Church Day Care
Little Explorers Maui Preschool
Kamehameha Paukukalo Preschool
Ka‘ahumanu Hou Christian School
ʻĪao Preschool
Punana Leo O Maui Preschool
Pomaika‘i Elementary School
Wailuku Elementary School
Kahului Elementary School
Waihe‘e Elementary School
Pu‘u Kukui Elementary School
ʻĪao School
Maui Waena Intermediate School
Virtual Academy Middle School
Maui Adventist School
Emmanuel Lutheran School
St. Anthony’s Grade School & High School
Henry Perrine Baldwin High School
Maui High School
University of Hawai‘i Maui College

Conveniences & Amenities

Grocery stores
US Post Offices
Gas stations
Police station
Fire station
Community centers
Restaurants, cafe’s & coffee shops
Shopping centers
Movie theaters
Golf courses
Stage shows
24 Hour Fitness
Yoga & fitness
Public & paid parking lots
Historical & cultural attractions
Art studios
Close to beaches
10 minutes to Kahului (OGG) Airport

Wailuku Highlights

ʻĪao Valley State Monument
ʻĪao Theater
Maui Tropical Plantation
Bailey House Museum
Kepaniwai Heritage Gardens
Maui Arts & Cultural Center (The MACC)
Maui Academy of Performing Arts (MAPA)
Horseback riding at Mendes Ranch
Wailuku First Fridays
Second Saturdays at the Wailuku Banyon Tree
Ka‘ahumanu Church
Tropical Gardens of Maui


Exciting town center full of activities, events, historical attractions and local culture.


Transient homeless and derelict population.
Frequent vehicle break-ins in public parking lots (evening).


64 to 84 degrees seasonally
31 inches of rainfall per year
Average of 112 rainy days per year
Average of 273 sunny days per year

For more information about Wailuku, go online.

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